September 2022


In an education special, Pinchas Zukerman invites us to a masterclass and we examine violin making schools around the world. There’s a look at string teaching in Australia and the story of Soviet viola tutor Yuri Kramarov. Plus violinist Jack Liebeck’s Sentimental Work.


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  • PINCHAS ZUKERMAN  The veteran violinist and violist tells Pauline Harding his views on everything from his new masterclass series to the role of technology in string teaching
  • INTERNATIONAL LUTHERIE SCHOOLS  What are the options for young violin makers looking to improve their skills? Peter Somerford talks to tutors from seven European and US schools to find out
  • NEWARK SCHOOL OF VIOLIN MAKING  The Strad looks back on 50 years of the UK’s best-known institution for lutherie and the many well-known names who have passed through its doors as students
  • STRINGS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA  Teachers in the largest, and most remote, Australian state face unique challenges. Rita Fernandes finds out why bringing strings to regional areas is worth it
  • SESSION REPORT  Katie Stillman and Carmen Flores of the Villiers Quartet talk to Harry White about their latest recording of works by Frederick Delius and Ethel Smyth
  • PIETRO GUARNERI OF MANTUA    Andrea Zanrè examines three unusual instruments that have been repurposed during their lifetimes, but still retain the Mantua maker’s unique characteristics
  • YURI KRAMAROV  The Russian violist and pedagogue was one of the Soviet era’s greatest successes – but today he is almost forgotten. Misha Galaganov reassesses his legacy


  • IN FOCUS  Jordi Pinto examines an unusual tenor viola made by his own great-uncle, Jacint Pinto
  • TRADE SECRETS  Luthier Fany Bourel presents a traditional way of gluing the C-bout ribs
  • MY SPACE  Mechthild Ossenbrunner of Cologne
  • MAKING MATTERS  Andrew Ryan examines a curious detail of Cremonese archings
  • MASTERCLASS  Tabea Zimmermann on the first movement of Hummel’s Viola Sonata op.5 no.3
  • TECHNIQUE  Marcos Santos on the collé stroke
  • LIFE LESSONS  With violinist Carmine Lauri
  • OPINION  How a different discipline, such as learning a new language, can bring new ideas
  • POSTCARD FROM BELGIUM   String quartets compete in France’s wine-making capital
  • POSTCARD FROM HELSINKI   The finals of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition
  • FROM THE ARCHIVE  From September 1892
  • SENTIMENTAL WORK  Violinist Jack Liebeck on Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no.1 in D major
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